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India Calling ~ Destinations for all Women Holidays

February 28, 2013

With the world preparing for the celebrations of International Women’s Day, Indian women are not far behind in planning and contemplating how to pamper themselves on this special day. The women of today like to do things their way and the same applies for the celebrations of this special day. Spas, shopping, sailing, global trotting- name it and they have done it all or are ready to do it.

2013 has proven to be a lucky year for the women as the International Women’s day is on Friday, an excuse for prolonging the celebrations over an extended weekend. So ladies as you plan your “my time” we give you a few destinations to contemplate on where you can go on an all girls trip. After all you are worth it!

For beachcombers - Goa
Pull those swim suits/shorts out of the closet, pack your flip flops, a tube of sunscreen, straw hats, shades and head straight to Goa. Goa as a holiday destination never fails; it has something for every individual. Take a lazy walk down the beach, go for early morning swims, bask in the sun and indulge in a relaxing spa. Make merry with bonfires and music in the evenings; try different cuisines and gulp down the local beer. Go sea shell hunting or visit the Anjuna Flea Market to buy intriguing and colourful knick knacks. Take scooter rides around the town; retire for a quiet night with the sounds of breaking waves or just party the night away with your girl friends!
Must Do: Gorge on the very delicious crab curry served at the legendary Souza Lobo, located on Calangute Beach.
Be spunky and get a henna tattoo done. These are not permanent tattoos and many places offer these tattoos along the beach. Oh, and get your hair braided while you are there!

Nirvana by the sea - Gokarna
Women in a fast-paced world are so pre-occupied with professional and personal nitty gritties that they often lose their spiritual solace. Take out some time for yourself and cleanse your mind by heading off to Gokarna, a beautiful temple town in Karnataka. Stroll aimlessly through the town, brush up on your knowledge of Sanskrit or hop from one temple to the other in the name of spiritual tour. Mahashivratri is just round the corner (10th March) so you can be a part of the Mahashivratri celebrations at the Mahabaleshwar Temple. Apart from being a temple town, Gokarna has a fun side to it too; the beaches of Gokarna are a hippy haven completed with fun, music and hammocks.
Must Do: Visit to the Om Beach is a must as the beach is naturally shaped like the auspicious Hindu symbol Om.
Also visit the “Study Circle” Library which has a huge collection of books including palm leaves books and hundreds of commentaries on Bhagavad Gita.

On a Shopping Spree – Jaipur
Welcome the summer with a short trip to the Pink City of India, Jaipur. Rich in heritage and cultural sights, Jaipur is also a shopper’s delight. A day dedicated to women can never be complete without their best pass time: shopping. Jaipur is a ‘mixed bag’ where the days can be spent in visiting the various palaces and royal forts and the evening spent splurging in the markets. You can literally shop till you drop! Buy yourself silver jewellery, ‘kundan’ work jewellery, choose various fabrics and sarees with block prints or tie and dye works, ceramics called blue pottery, ‘jootis’ and ‘mojris’...the list goes on. After long happy days of sightseeing and shopping, forgo your diet plan for few days and gorge on the delicious and tempting Rajasthani cuisine.
Must Do: A visit to Maniharon Ka Rasta and Johri Bazar is a must for every shopaholic. A hidden gem to buy cool and contemporary jewellery is Hot Pink located at hotel Narain Niwas.

On Nature’s Trail - Gangtok
Leaving the cacophony of busy city life behind, go on a nature’s trail to the sleepy town of Gangtok. The town is surrounded with natural water cascades and visiting in March is a good idea as various flowers are in bloom. Few days spent among the simple local folk, lodging in wooden houses, waking up to the holy sounds of the Buddhist monasteries’ gongs is a welcoming thought after the hustle bustle of city life. Breathe in the freshest of air and spend a relaxing holiday in Gangtok – you will love it!
Must Do: Buy a ‘baku’, the graceful traditional dress of Sikkim’s women, and be the envy of your friends back home when you wear it. Visit one of the friendly locals to try the home-made thupkas and their special butter tea.

For the daredevil in you - Rishikesh
If you are the outdoorsy kind, head to Rishikesh. The rapids and rivers promise an exhilarating experience. The thrilling part of the rafting experience is the cliff jump and it will definitely leave your heart pounding in a good way. Rishikesh is also an ideal base for trekking. Test your rock climbing limits or go rappelling . This adventure destination also provides an opportunity to try out bungee jumping. You can experiment with it at the Jumping Heights platform in Rishikesh. An invigorating experience and not for weak-hearted.
Must Do: End your adventure-filled day with a cosy bonfire at your camp. If you wish for more, then head towards Haridwar (18 Kms) to experience the majestic evening Ganga aarti.

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